On average, four out of every five car seats are improperly installed and it is something Penticton Co-operators Insurance wants to change.
This Sunday, during Kiddies Day at the Penticton Peach Festival, they are hosting the Buckle Up Bears Car Seat Clinic. The clinic is held on Lakeshore Drive adjacent to Okanagan Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“With this program we offer free car seat clinics,” said Ryan Griffith, Penticton Co-operators agency owner.
“When used correctly a child restraint reduces the likelihood of a child being injured or killed in a crash by 75 per cent,”
Co-operators formed a partnership with the Infant and Toddler Safety Association in 1999 to provide car seat education in the form of free car seat safety clinics for parents and caregivers across Canada.
“There are a lot of things that have changed over the years,” said Griffith.
“It is important that people are aware of the different stages for car seats and boosters.
“Every child deserves to grow up safely.”
Staff from the Co-operators have volunteered their time on Sunday to work at the clinic.
“We try to find things to give back to that fits our values and keeping families and children safe fits into our values,” said Griffith.
If you can’t make the clinic on Sunday, arrangements can be made by calling their office for a date to come down and go through the car seat clinic.
To pre-register for Sunday, which is recommended, or to arrange for a different date call 250-493-2999.